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NEWPORT - Garment workers have among the highest rate of coronavirus deaths among working women in the UK, according to new analysis by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

A total of 21 COVID-19 deaths were recorded among women aged 20-64 in the “assemblers and routine operatives” category between 9 March and 28 December 2020, a death rate of 39 per 100,000 women.

The analysis, highlighted by the Labour Behind the Label initiative, also found that sewing machinists as a subgroup appeared to have the highest fatality rate among women of any group, at about 65 deaths per 100,000 - nearly four times the average for UK women.

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